It’s Official: JWT Execs Join Euro RSCG

NEW YORK Euro RSCG in London has confirmed hiring Mark Cadman as CEO and Russ Lidstone as chief strategic officer.

The CEO slot at the outpost of Havas-owned Euro RSCG had been vacant since last year’s departure of Ben Langdon; Lidstone fills a new position.

Cadman and Lidstone yesterday resigned from the London office of WPP Group’s JWT, where they had been managing director and head of planning, respectively [Adweek Online, Jan. 25].

Cadman previously was said to be mulling an offer to join Frank Lowe’s new London agency. But a source said Cadman declined the offer on Tuesday, setting the table for his resignation the next day.

“It’s an excellent endorsement of Euro’s ability to attract the best talent in the industry and to allow smart entrepreneurial people the freedom that they can’t get in the more traditional holding companies,” said Euro RSCG worldwide CEO David Jones. “Putting the right team in place in London was my number one priority for 2006.”

Before joining JWT in early 2005, Cadman and Lidstone were colleagues at the London office of Interpublic Group’s Lowe. Each had ties to Tesco-the $80 million account leaving Lowe March 1 for Frank Lowe’s agency-which is largely why the new shop courted Cadman.

Cadman becomes the second executive this week to decline an offer to join Frank Lowe’s agency, after Ed Morris, who decided Monday to remain executive creative director at Lowe in London. Lowe parent IPG kept Morris with a counteroffer that included a significant raise, shares of stock and his name on the door [Adweek Online, Jan. 23].

This story updates an item posted on Jan. 25 with Euro RSCG’s confirmation that it hired Cadman and Lidstone.